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There is a lot of information out there on COVID 19.  We seek to provide information from reputable sources (scientific, economic, and constitutional experts).  I will continually try to update the site with the newest research.  Right now, only three of the topics have links:  Economics, masks, and Constitutionality.  I will continue to work on the website to provide the other links in the days to come.  Check back frequently for updates.  If you have a question, comment or suggestion, please use the "contact us" option on our website.

Economics

Economists have determined that the economy would experience much more profound impacts if no restrictions were used, and the economy stays wide open.  It is more likely that the economy can rebound if we do step-by-step reopenings of the economy.  Also vital to the economy is personal behavior choices, like wearing masks and continuing to social distance.  An economic impact is inevitable with any sort of catastrophy, but to minimize the depth of the recession, economists believe we need to prioritize staying within the health care system's capacity.

For links to the studies I reviewed, please go here.

Public Health Modeling

Public Health professionals, economists, and business leaders often inform policies made by local and state governments.  Public Health Modeling can be used early on in an epidemic or pandemic by using previously known variables about viruses and determining various potential outcomes that may happen ahead of time.  Early modeling can inform decisions without having to wait for data (which can take months to years to obtain).  Public Health models were effective in informing the policies that decreased the spread of the virus so we could increase health care capacity and PPE/Ventilator availability.  Modeling continues to be a vital source of information throughout the health crisis.

For links to various Public Health Modeling studies, click here. (coming soon)

Personal Actions

(Masks, Social Distancing)

Many studies are being done to try to iron out what personal actions make the biggest impact on transmission of the virus.  It is difficult to iron out, but we do know that these personal behaviors have been effective at decreasing the spread of the virus.  We'll show the latest studies on what has been working.  Because no single measure is 100% effective, using a combination of personal actions can most effectively decrease the risk of contracting or spreading COVID 19.  How we behave personally does have an impact on others.

For links to studies on masks, social distancing, and how our personal actions impact the virus, please click the hyperlink. (social distancing and personal actions coming soon)

Pre/Asymptomatic Spread

While there is debate on what constitutes being "asymptomatic" means, many studies are showing that people can be contagious before showing active symptoms.  This is not unusual.  People with influenza and common colds have been known to spread the virus before being symptomatic.  These studies seek to determine how likely and often this happens with SARS-CoV-2, and what measures should be taken as a result.


For more information on these studies, go here. (coming soon)

Herd Immunity

Herd Immunity is one of the things that factors into the policies being made and focus for research.  If a certain amount of people no longer are susceptible to the virus, the virus will die out.  Herd Immunity levels are different for different viruses, and there are various ways of achieving it (naturally or through vaccines).  One of the important factors that scientists look at is how to achieve herd immunity as safely as possible.  In this case, as we wait for a vaccine, we need to make sure we keep the infection rate low enough that the health care system is not overburdened.  If the health care system gets overburdened, preventable deaths increase because of lack of resources and care.


To learn more, see the links here. (coming soon)

Special Population-Specific Studies

(MISC, Down Syndrome, Diabetes)

Studies are coming out for specific populations.  Some studies also study new diseases that are happening to individuals after they recover from COVID 19.


We link to studies like those here. (coming soon)

Constitutionality of Public Health Orders

Debate over whether or not Public Health Orders are constitutional continues to happen locally, in states, and nationally.  Wisconsin ruled that their public health orders were unconstitutional.  We will look at what various lawyers and constitutional experts have to say about the Constitution and Public Health Orders.

It comes down to Strict Scrutiny.  Does the order benefit the public and not the government?  Does it discriminate unfairly or single out groups?  Does the order offer protection to the public?


Thankfully, we have a government that has checks and balances, and we can be assured that this debate will be brought to State and Federal Supreme courts for a long time.  What it often comes down to is whether or not the law affected an individual in unfair ways (different than the general public).


To see various links on this topic, go here.

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Updates will happen regularly.  Please check back!

The IRS granted us 501.c.3 status!  We're very excited to have that step finished.  We are working on developing partnerships with area health care leaders and organizations.  We are developing our program design.

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